I feel incredibly privileged to have received Monotype's One of a kind box set. Beautifully designed by SEA, the box contains twelve bi-folded booklets; each focusing on an aspect of Monotype's work: its Britishness and its Internationalness; essential workhorse fonts, lesser known gems, type on screen and web fonts; the company's heritage, publishing sympathies, American support and most famous fans.
Each booklet presents fonts appropriate to its theme accompanied by a text from someone of note: Creative Review's Patrick Burgoyne, Pentagram's Abbott Miller, Eye's Simon Esterson, Andy Payne from Interbrand, Rankin and SEA's own Bryan Edmondson; who I have say a special thank to for very kindly organising the dispatch.
It's an impressive piece and a fitting tribute to Monotype; its rich heritage and its dedication to the future of typography.
Has anyone bought the Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design? I was wondering what it's like, in the flesh. Partly because I wrote a few bits of it, but also because it was a long time coming and changed significantly during its development. I also wonder how the formats feels right now, in our diginetworld.
And it's not even real leather.
Creative partnership Asbury & Asbury have partnered with creative partnership Hat-trick Design to create, in partnership, a thoroughly disappointing piece of work. Your 2013 diary: complete with contact details of people who never call and those you owe money to; a place to note ideas you'll never follow up, a map of roads to nowhere and a page left unintentionally blank.
Lower your expectations and you may still be left wanting.
You may purchase your limited edition diary here.
One Point Oh design beautiful things. And sometimes, they screenprint their beautiful designs onto, oh, say, choppings boards, for example. And occasionally, every now and then, they stick dirty great big stamps onto the chopping boards they've screen printed their beautiful designs onto and they post them to some very lucky people.
Thanks One Point Oh!
Favourite publisher Princeton Architectural Press launched their new blog a little earlier in the year. Definitely one to keep an eye on. There's been some beautiful, intriguing, stunning editions in 2012, continuing their exacting standard.
If you're lucky enough to be in New York this weekend they're exhibiting at the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA. Then at the end of October, they'll be at the first annual Designers & Books Fair, which looks amazing.
I'd originally titled this post "Mrs Heller". Ordinarily, that would be a terrible way to introduce someone like Louise Fili, but it is interesting that that is who she is…isn't it? Well, I thought so but as time's passed, I've felt it more and more innapropriate…I certainly didn't intend to give even the slightest suggestion that Fili is in any way in the shadow of her other half. In fact, a quick flick through Elegantissima (the first volume to celebrate her amazing work) and you'll be left in no doubt, Fili is clearly the one half of this particuar graphic design couple with the lion's share of the talent. Which Mr H quite openly admits himself in the book's introduction.
I imagine the work itself is not for everyone; it is a particular kind of work. Rich in apparent retro-style, there's no stripped back Helveticapseudomodernism. There is, on the other hand, page after page after page of hand-crafted beauty. At times it feels like a particularly american kind of graphic design although Fili herself may not like that description - in her opening text she emphasises her passion for Italy.
Perhaps the publication of Elegantissima is timely, following as it does that amazing volume on Herb Lubalin who she worked for before eventually setting up her own studio. And I can't help but mention that it was Fili who encouraged Ms. Hische on the creative path she chose.
Over all, it feels like this is a book well overdue.
I interupt my recent maudlin introvertions for some real-life news:
After a full academic year of internship at Thought Collective Nat left us yesterday. In the end of year report she produced we fair well; it's funny and honest and really nice. It's also beautifully designed which Nat attributes, rather graciously, to what she has learned during her time with us.
We're all sad to see her go. She is what The Kids™ call "awesome" and it's been a pleasure to sit next to her and give her all manner of mundane tasks to perform (making the tea, washing the cups, breaking the cups, buying replacement cups). Every task carried out with an amazing degree of enthusiasm, humour, intelligence and all round chirpiness. Really, it's been an absolute pleasure.
The fact that she broke two of my most prized mugs, one of which my wife bought me, should in no way tarnish an otherwise perfect record. No siree.
No, regardless of those low points (low, all over the floor in pieces, moments), Nat's been a top notch intern and I'm sure will go to great things. One to watch.
(Especially if she's just picked up your favourite mug).
Yet another reason to be on the GF Smith mailing list: a lovely piece to promote their Naturalis range featuring violin maker Juliet Barker MBE. It's one of a series "designed around our conversations with acclaimed craftspeople…", say GFS, "…They support our belief that selecting the perfect materials is a critical part of the creative process".
It would be easy to just enjoy the design of the piece but it's worth reading too. The text gives an insight into Barker's motivations for choosing her career and her passion for her craft. It reminds me, very clearly, of one of our clients who's in a similar field. A source of frustration for us as designers, his work is full of rich stories, craft and effortless beauty. Unfortunately, he's not willing, perhaps able, to invest in an effective expression of these values.
Anyway, this piece isn't credited but there's every reason to assume it's designed by MadeThought. Looking forward to the next one.